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  • ‘Avijit got what he deserved’

    ‘Avijit got what he deserved’

    Farabi shows no remorse, denies involvement in the murder, says RABShafiur Rahman Farabi, prime suspect in the Avijit killing, has said during interrogation that the slain blogger-writer “has got what he deserved.”

    Although he claimed that he had nothing to do with the murder, Farabi praised the incident saying Avijit got the reward for mocking religion.

    Ziaul Ahsan, additional director general (ADG) of RAB, said this to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

  • Who is Farabi?

    The Facebook profile of Shafiur Rahman Farabi has become a centre of motivation for the supporters of radical Islamist parties and groups because of his harsh stance against secular forces, especially the progressive bloggers.

    Until February 25, a day before blogger Avijit Roy was killed on the Dhaka University campus, he had been posting statuses and comments on Facebook, condemning and defaming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 1971 Liberation War.

  • Qatar to recruit 1.5 lakh more Bangladeshi workers this year

    Usually, it takes Tk3-4 lakh for migration to Qatar, but now the workers will be sent at zero cost.Qatar is expected to recruit 150,000 more workers from Bangladesh this year without migration fees.

    “The Qatar government has approved the visas of 50,000 Bangladeshi workers in the last two months … we will be able to send another 150,000 workers to the country this year,” said Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday.

  • Dhaka and Delhi to strengthen regional ties

    Dhaka and Delhi to strengthen regional ties

    Bangladesh and India yesterday agreed to expand cooperation in the regional, sub-regional and international arenas.

    “The key message is to have a deeper friendship [with India]. We want cooperation, they also want cooperation,” Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told reporters at a press conference at the ministry after his meeting with visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar.

    Shahidul said the Indian side sought deeper regional and bilateral ties, although political issues were not discussed.

  • Titas to launch online payment system next year

    Starting next year, customers of the state-run Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd will be able to pay their bills online.

    A deal was signed yesterday in this regard between Titas and a Bangladeshi consortium of Devine IT Ltd, Businessland Ltd and Rightbrain Solution Ltd. Mustaque Ahmed, secretary at Titas, and Ashraf Uddin Mukit, director of Devine IT Ltd and on behalf of the consortium, signed the deal at Titas Bhaban in the capital.

  • Dhaka University observes National Flag Hoisting Day

    Dhaka University observes National Flag Hoisting Day

    Teachers, students and officials of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday celebrated the National Flag Hoisting Day on the campus.

    On this day in 1971, country’s national flag was hoisted at the DU campus for the first time.

    DU Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique inaugurated the programme by hoisting the national flag at the historical Battola on the campus at around 11am.

    Later, students, carrying the national flag, brought out a procession on the campus and joined a seminar followed by a musical programme at the Battola.

  • Government promotes nine bureaucrats as secretaries

    In a recent move of promotion, the government has promoted nine senior public administration officials to the rank of Secretary.

    Earlier, all of the bureaucrats had been serving the onus of acting secretary or equivalent post.

    In this regard, the Public Administration Ministry issued a gazette notification yesterday making the figure of secretary 72.

  • Manna used Khoka as a stepping stone to reach Khaleda

    Manna:I have good relations with some BNP leaders, especially Khoka. Through him, I just wanted to get near BNP chief Khaleda Zia and was planning to visit her office Nagorik Oikya Jote Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna was striving to get close to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia through Sadeque Hossain Khoka, detectives say quoting Manna who is being interrogated in remand.

    Manna often mentioned during the interrogation that using Viber had appeared as his worst enemy. After his conversation with BNP Vice-Chairman Khoka had been leaked in the media, he destroyed all his mobile phones and started living in a relative’s house, but could not evade arrest.

  • HC: Why blockade, hartal will not be declared unconstitutional

    The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government and political parties to explain why blockade and hartal should not be declared unconstitutional and void.

    In its series of rules upon a writ petition, the High Court division bench also asked the government to explain why its inaction to impose legal restrictions on blockade and hartal should not be declared unlawful.

  • Rejoinder

    The attached letter was signed by Christine Kimes, Operations Advisor and sent to ERD requesting clearance for proceeding with the mission. This is a standard practice and before every mission such letter requesting ERD's clearance is always sent. Subsequently ERD sent their go ahead confirmation. And mission started yesterday.

  • Khaleda unlikely to appear before court tomorrow

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is unlikely to appear in court tomorrow in the Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust cases, even though the court issued an arrest warrant against her for earlier skipping a deposition hearing.

    “As there is a security concern, she might not appear before the court,” Khaleda’s lawyer, Sanaullah Miah, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

    A Dhaka court on February 25 issued an arrest warrant against Khaleda in two graft cases, cancelling the time petition filed by her lawyer.

  • 19 injured, 9 vehicles set on fire across the country

    19 injured, 9 vehicles set on fire across the country

    Three Ansar members were injured while chasing arsonists who torched two local Awami League offices in Panchagarh At least 19 people were injured and some nine vehicles were set ablaze in the capital and elsewhere yesterday, the second day of the fresh spell of a 72-hour general strike imposed by the BNP amid the non-stop blockade.

    Three passengers of a bus carrying Janata Bank staff sustained injuries when a crude bomb hurled at the vehicle exploded in Jatrabari around 9:30am. 

    The three left Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) after they were given first aid, said Inspector Mozammel Haque, in-charge of the hospital’s police camp. 

  • Two die in robbery, cylinder blast in city

    An ex-government official was killed by alleged robbers, and a balloon vendor was killed and five were injured in a gas cylinder blast in the capital’s Rampura and Madhya Badda areas respectively.

  • PM: Step up police drive in Ctg

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the Home Ministry to ramp up police operations in Chittagong in the wake of the recent seizure of large caches of arms and ammunition in the district.

    At a cabinet meeting yesterday, the premier also directed officials to capture arsonists as the crime of torching transports has seen a rise in the capital, said two ministers who attended the meeting.

  • Nasim: Khaleda now a militant leader

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has become a militant leader from the leader of the people, said Health Minister Mohammed Nasim yesterday. 

    He said Khaleda’s militant activities had claimed around 100 lives. 

    “Now our objective is to destroy militancy,” said Nasim, also the spokesperson of the 14-party, while talking to reporters at Gopalganj Circuit House. He went there during a break in the journey from Dhaka to Khulna.  

    Nasim also ruled out any possibility of holding talks with the BNP chairperson.

  • HC revives Khaleda’s Barapukuria case

    The long-pending rule seeking to invalidate the Barapukuria coalmine graft case filed against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will come up on today’s cause list for fixing the date of hearing before the High Court.

    An HC division bench, comprising Justice M Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan passed the order, following a petition of the Anti-Corruption Commission counsel.

  • Cabinet okays draft for amending Battalion Ansar Act

    The cabinet has approved the draft of the Battalion Ansar (amendment) Act 2015, keeping the provisions of forced retirement and halting promotion as a punishment.

    In case of any kind of mutiny, there would be rules for punishment. In this regard the cabinet asked the Home ministry to follow the new law of the Border Guard Bangladesh.

    The cabinet also asked for reducing the existing time-limit of making permanent the service of an embodied Ansar as a battalion Ansar from nine years to six years.

  • Hasan urges govt to search Khaleda’s office

    Awami League Publicity and Publication Secretary Hasan Mahmud yesterday urged the government to search BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office as soon as possible.

    “As continued petrol bomb attacks and killing of people are being executed on her [Khaleda] directives, she has become a militant leader. Besides, BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami have now become militant groups,” Hasan Mahmud said.

  • ‘Jihadi John’ won’t have the same impact unmasked

    As “Jihadi John,” he was a terrifying figure, his identity concealed by a black mask, his threatening tone backed up by his oversize, serrated knife and his willingness to use it in the name of Islamic State and its self-declared caliphate.

    His professional-looking videos began with a political rant and ended with his victims lying dead at his feet, severed heads cupped in the sands of Syria. He seemed both judge and executioner, savoring each fresh kill.

  • Iran says nuclear deal hinges on sanctions

    A deal on Iran’s nuclear program could be concluded this week if the United States and other Western countries have sufficient political will and agree to remove sanctions on Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said yesterday.

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